TEHRAN (defapress) – Leader’s senior adviser Velayati dismissed Lebanese PM Saad Hariri’s anti-Iran remarks, saying Hariri asked to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia during his meeting with Velayati in Tehran.
News ID: 66995
Publish Date: 14November 2017 - 14:25
Ali Akbar Velayati shed more light on his meeting with then
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on November 3, which was soon followed by a
visit to Saudi Arabia during which Hariri announced his sudden resignation
along with accusations leveled at Iran and Hezbollah.
"Hariri said he had told me at the meeting not to meddle
with Lebanon’s domestic affairs, but this topic was never raised between us,”
Velayati said. "Our talks were by no means aggressive nor did they contain any
of these issues. These are just the claims of Saudis and others who do not want
Lebanon to be in peace and have a strategic friendship with Iran."
Velayati noted the presence of Iranian ambassador to Lebanon
at the meeting, saying "we did not level any threats. The focus of my meeting
with Hariri was bilateral and regional relations.”
Velayati stated that Hariri had asked to mediate between
Iran and Saudi Arabia, adding "I told him that we have no problem with
negotiations, but I asked him to tell Saudis that they have been destroying
Yemen for three years and do not allow the delivery of food and medicine to the
He went on to add, "I asked Mr. Hariri to tell Saudis to
stop committing crimes against humanity in Yemen, because this has nothing to
do with politics. They have to hold dialogs with the Yemenis, because this
issue can only be settled through a political solution not blind airstrikes.”
"I also told Mr. Hariri that we welcome the unity among
various political parties in Lebanon, and the country’s security owes a lot to
Islamic resistance and the well-informed Lebanese people,” Velayati added.
Velayati further stressed the friendly and strategic ties
between Iran and Lebanon, adding "Mr. Hariri’s resignation is a domestic
matter. We hope that Mr. Hariri will return to Lebanon after the events of
these past two weeks, and then it is up to the Lebanese people to decide
whether he should remain in office or not.”